Historic Beaufort Foundation gears up for its popular annual event

oyster-marshlandsThe grounds of Marshlands, a historic view on Beaufort’s waterfront, will be the site of the 11th annual oyster roast sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation January 21st, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Open to HBF members and the general public, the event will feature a traditional oyster roast, chicken gumbo, beverages and dessert catered by Reeves Outdoor Catering and music by the bluegrass band of Beek Webb and the Sea Island Ramblers.

The annual oyster roast serves to foster fellowship in the preservation community while gaining new members and funds for the Foundation’s preservation and museum activities. In addition to preserving and protecting historic and cultural sites and advocating for the National Historic Landmark District, HBF operates the ca. 1804 Verdier House, the only historic house museum in Beaufort.

Marshlands, ca. 1814, is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places and was built by Dr. James Robert Verdier, a pioneer in the successful treatment of yellow fever. The home as it stands today reflects three phases of construction but it remains a classic example of what came to be called the “Beaufort style,” i.e. a raised foundation, wrap-around double porches and projecting rear wings. It has been in the W.B. Harvey family since the early 20th century.

Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations must be made for 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. servings. However, the grounds and the bonfires will be open to guests throughout the evening. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be purchased by January 15th. Tickets may be ordered and charged to a credit card by calling the office at 379-3331 or online at www.historicbeaufort.org. The office is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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